IN THE WEST WE ARE LUCKY, no hurricanes. Irene certainly did damage in the eastern states, with over three million out of electricity and billions of dollars in damage. Sad to have that happen.
THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND is coming up, where working folks get a three-day holiday. A time to take the family for a ride, a picnic, camping, running, a parade (in Louisville), or a square dance. It is the last three-day holiday for a while, so enjoy it.
THIS SATURDAY NIGHT the Red Rock Ramblers will sponsor their 53rd Labor Day Weekend Dance, featuring Lanny Weakland, calling and cuing, this Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Lyons Elementary School gym. Rounds start at 7:30 p.m., and Squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, Lanny will call a “PLUS” (35 more calls than Mainstream), from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Ed Glenn of Louisville will cue the Rounds which start at 2:00 p.m. A great time is in store for all Modern Western Square Dancers. The last summer square dance of the season
A LARGE CROWD enjoyed square dancing to Dee Dee Dougherty with David Parker cueing. Out-of-staters were from Spokane, Washington, plus dancers from 20 various Colorado towns. The Mountaineers of Littleton were the hosts.
BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES will start at the Longmont Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. with an ice cream social. Lessons will then be held weekly every Wednesday at 6 p.m., to graduate in March. Folks of all ages are invited to come join the fun of square dancing. Call (303) 678-7711. Classes are held various nights in Cheyenne, Denver, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan, Greeley, Holyoke, Laramie, Livermore, Longmont, and Loveland. So if Wednesday night is a bad night, you can go to another class, or even to two classes. Call (303) 823-5925 for more information.
DUCK RACE CANCELLED
Due to lack of sponsors, the annual duck race has been cancelled for the second year in a row. The fun event will be replaced by an event during Halloween, Oct. 29. Sorry kids.
BUS TO CENTRAL CITY Anita Rodriquez is tickled she has 35 people signed up to take the bus to Fortune Valley in Central City next Thursday. The bus holds 50, so 15 more can go. Call her at (303) 823-5159. You need $7 for the bus, your lunch (you can take a brownbag), and of course, your gambling money (Come on seven, Mama needs new shoes!). Sounds like great fun! The bus will leave the Senior Center at 10 a.m., and return around 5:30 p.m. Thanks Anita and Aggie Brown for making arrangements.
THIS IS THE WEEKEND that the class of 1971 will meet at Oskar Blues for a meal from 6 to 8 p.m., and talk over old times of 40 years ago. Alumni, their parents and teachers are invited. Call (303) 772-8434. Donna (Harkalis) Johnson is in charge of arrangements. Classmates are: Alan Babcock, David Babcock, Paul Barton, Sam Broyles, Charlotte Bryan, Don Bunyam, Deborah Colard, Toni Colard, Toni Crane, Dan Crumb, Debbie DeVeny, Lake Dobbins, Colleen Elisasen, Colleen Fidler, Susie Fidler, Diana Fischer, Connie George, Pat Gereaux, Paul Goldfain, Donna Harkalis, Nick Harkalis, Barbara Hert, Jackie Holtwick, Deborah Johnson, Robbie Kinson, George Leonhard, Monte Parrish, Penny Robb, Rhonda Schroeder, Tom Sherwood, George Sittner, Phylis Pfeiffer. Joyce Weatherford, and Jim Willyard.
LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS are due online next Thursday, Sept 8. Electronic submission is required. Go to the LCF website, www.LyonsCF.org for an application. The Lyons Community Foundation, in existence just a few short years, has awarded over $100,000 to area 50l (c) 3 organizations – all for the good of the Lyons Community.
THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION met with the Lyons Town Board Monday evening to scrutinize the 2012 income and spending of the department. The P&R revenues come from a 1% sales and use tax, (voted in in 1983 after they purchased the railroad land) a parks fee on dwellings, and income from the various fundraisers. The camping and parking fees from the Planet Blue Grass festivals are the largest revenues. Although some protested, the Board decided to leave the fee for the dump station at $10, which is cheaper than many stations, and is anticipated to bring in $1200. Other fund raisers are the Lyons Outdoor Games, the Lyons Good Old Days, 5K River Run, bike races, Devil Dash, Parade of Lights, dog licenses, community garden, men’s basketball, Punt, Pass, & Kick, park donations, and other small revenue events. A question was made as to how to get more dog licenses, since according to word from the Lyons Veterinary Clinic, they have 3000 dog customers, of which, one-half might be from Lyons.
THE MUSEUM has been having some interesting visitors, such as Ike and Marie Fitts’ daughter, Delores, from Denver, some folks from the Billings family, the class of 1981, many from the Lyons, and more! The museum is open daily thru October 4. Hours are: Monday through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. A highlight this year is the D. W. King display (that we saved from being thrown out with donations given for his family to come and sort it out) as well as the 1900 stereo views of Lyons by Boulder Photographer Ed Tangen. Stop by!
LYONS CHAMBER SOCIAL was much enjoyed by all, with the High Street merchants being hosts. Lots of good food and camaraderie.
Chamber announcements are required by noon on the Friday before the following Monday’s eblast. It must be an event or an announcement, not just an item on sale. Acceptance is determined at the sole discretion of the Chamber’s Online Services Committee.
Take some time and read the websites of The Town of Lyons, the Lyons Chamber of Commerce, the Lyons Redstone Museum, Mountain Retreats and more. The pictures and prose makes one happy they live in this historic, scenic, friendly town of Lyons, Colorado.
THE SCHOOLS will be closed on Monday, Labor Day, and reopen next Tuesday, Sept. 6. A late start day is Wednesday, Sept. 7, which means a start at 10:05 a.m.
I was very impressed by Principal Greg Winger’s letter to all, which states: “Welcome to the 2011/12 school year at Lyons Middle Senior. I am so excited to be a part of such an excellent school. As we begin this school year I hope you find that we are in fact one of the best schools in the nation. According to Newsweek Magazine, we are number 7 in the State of Colorado! The entire faculty is dedicated to excellence and bringing that to an individual level means outperforming expectations on a consistent basis. This year our
CSAP and ACT scores continue to demonstrate the overall academic success of the students here at Lyons Middle Senior. Our 10th grade CSAP scores in all tests were number one in the District! The CSAP scores also provide areas in need of improvement. We will focus on these areas and continue to close the achievement gap and provide a solid education to all our students.” THANK YOU, PRINCIPAL WINGER.
THANKS TO ALL!
Over 1000 Lyons football fans enjoyed the Community BBQ last Friday evening before the first football game with Denver Lutheran. Although the team lost 14 to 11, it was a very close game and we will keep an eye on the Lyons Lions. Thanks to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department, the Town of Lyons, and the Lions Booster Club for carrying on the tradition.
HIGH SCHOOL sports have begun – football, cross country, girls’ softball, and volleyball. You are all invited to attend the games. Golden Age passes (60 plus) are available at the Middle School office. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students (K-12). A family can buy a pass for $500, which lets all the family into all the games. The intramural fee is $55 per student per sport. Go teams!
LIONS BOOSTER CLUB DUES are due! All school families are encouraged to join the Booster Club – the work-horse group of the school, which raises funds through weekly bingo, concession stand, sales of Lyons Lions T-shirts, polo shirts, sweat pants, caps, etc. They encourage all families to help four hours once a month at the Bingo games, (held at Bingo Alley, at 1 p.m., on Sundays behind the Wendy’s in Longmont), bring sweets and chili, help in the concession stand, it is fun! A way to get acquainted and do your part. Support the Lions Boosters, who pay for scholarships, buses, lunches, school programs, and improvements. Thanks all!
THE GOLDEN GANG: THANKS TO THE LYONS CATHOLIC CHURCH, who served a delicious lasagna meal to over 30 senior citizens on Monday evening. A wonderful gesture to the seniors. The Lyons churches have volunteered to help the seniors with some special meals.. Thank you.
Over 500 historians throughout the state, and sponsors of the Governor’s Residence Preservation Committee, attended a garden party last Thursday evening to raise funds to help preserve the mansion. Mayor Julie Van Domelen, her husband Joseph of the Lyons Recorder, and LaVern Johnson, President of the Lyons Historical Society, attended. Governor John Hickenlooper was the guest speaker, as well as Gwen Ritter and Frances Owen (former first ladies of Colorado). The mansion received $100,000 from the State Historical Fund, and have to raise matching funds of $25,000. To restore it completely will take over $1 million. Yes, all historians have their preservation/money problems! The food and beverages were furnished by Colorado vendors, from all over the state (Colorado Proud), promoting their wares. One of whom was Kathy Vasquez’s father, promoting steaks. A nice event.
EYEGLASSES ARE NEEDED
Clark and Tracy Hodge and sons are collecting eye glasses to help the folks in Mount Vernon, Jamaica. This is a village of a few hundred people, which is like Lyons. They live with almost no money or assistance. In recent years, Tracy and the boys have built a community library, provided showers, distributed eyeglasses, made road repairs, read to, and played with the children, and gardened with the elderly. Leave your eyeglasses at the museum or the Lyons Physical Therapy (on High Street) and they will get to the proper place. Thanks.
ANNE MARIE BROWN is now home after breaking her right arm. She will have therapy after it heals. Anna Marie needs a VCR, and an old “beat-up” car, if you have one. Call (303) 823-9014. Anne Marie was coming home the back way from her son’s home in Broomfield, and while going up the Hygiene road, she tried to miss the rough railroad track and drove into the culvert. Luckily she wasn’t hurt worse. Get well.
Granddaughter Audrey Johnson and dad, Ron, took me out to eat the other night to tell me about her summer at the U.S. Capitol, where she worked for a prosecuting attorney, and delivered papers to those in the White House! She reports a great educational time. Now, she is on her way to Ships at Sea, which she boarded in Montreal. Here 800 students will travel around the world for a semester of study. Over 60 students from the University of San Diego joined the trip. An opportunity of a lifetime.
Gary and Nell Coffey enjoyed square dancing at the Peach Festival in Grand Junction, while visiting Gary’s uncle, and bring home some peaches.
The square dance world is sadden over the death of Verna Newman, age 90, of Niwot. She was a longtime square dancer, and one of the first members of the Northeast Square Dance Hall of Fame, which was awarded at a special dance in Lyons, in November, 1995, with LaVerne and LaVern Johnson of the Red Rock Ramblers and Paul and Betty Ledford of the Skirts and Shirts in Fort Morgan also receiving the Award. Verna, retired telephone operator, married Ray Newman over 40 years ago, and they enjoyed years of square dancing, church, and community work. She is survived by her husband, Ray, and three daughters, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We will all miss her.